Slovenia commends Croatia for cooperation in handling migrants


A train with nearly 1,400 migrants, of which Slovenia was notified, arrived in Rigonce, Slovenia from Croatia on Tuesday, where they will be registered and transported to reception centres in Dobova and Brezice, and Slovenia’s migrant coordinator Bostjan Sefic commended the improved cooperation with the Croatian authorities.

Another 350 migrants are expected to arrive near the Bregana border crossings and trains are expected to continue to arrive at Dobova. Despite claims by Slovenian officials yesterday that fewer migrants would be let through and entry control tightened, the transit of people from the Middle East continues.

The first assessment of the circumstances on the Balkan migrant route is expected at a video conference on Thursday.

Sefic said a new migrant registration system was introduced at Dobova today, expected to reduce the waiting on the border, and that cooperation with the Croatian authorities had considerably improved since Sunday’s migrant crisis conference in Brussels.

He said the improved cooperation with the Croatian authorities and police should continue. “We invested every effort for the new system to work on both sides. It’s a big contribution to the strengthening of trust and cooperation, and to improving the situation on the ground.”

The situation with migrants in the Brezice border area was no longer as chaotic as in the past few days, also thanks to relief sent from Caritas branches in Austria, Germany and Hungary, including a heated tent at Dobova. Foreign humanitarian organisations and volunteers from a number of countries are sending medical and other aid.

More soldiers and jobless will be engaged for dealing with the migrants. New volunteers are also being sought, notably those speaking English, Arabian, Farsi and the languages spoken in Afghanistan to improve communication and step up registration.

The main problem in Slovenia today was the rationed reception of migrants in Austria, which does not have sufficient reception capacities and is being criticised by the Bavarian government for sending many migrants too quickly and without the necessary control.